... movie reviews
sun 2005-jun-12 22:52:33 pdt
Wednesday night we watched Napoleon
Dynamite. It's ... um ... odd. And not like The American
Astronaut kind of strange (which I dig). I guess its main problem
is that the plot is kind of lacking direction; it just sort of rambles
along for a while.
On the other hand, the characters are fabulous. Good thing too,
because their eccentricities (mostly Napoleon's, but the other
characters' as well) basically have to sustain the film. They do
manage to do so, but really, putting those characters into a stronger
story would have made a much better film. (And I don't think that
statement is quite vacuous, though it may be close.)
Another thing, which I could see someone complaining about, but which
I think I actually liked, is the fact that you can't really place it
in time -- it's kind of a retro-present-day setting, where many
elements come across as very 1980's (or perhaps early 1990's?), but
with things like cell phones and the internet thrown in as well.
So anyway, I did enjoy it, just with minor caveats.